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With police brutality at an all-time high and Black Lives Matter protests gaining major traction across the world, there’s no better time to celebrate and showcase Black pride. And, there’s no better way to do so than by ringing in Juneteenth the right way.

Juneteenth—a national holiday that is celebrated annually on June 19th—marks the historical day that thousands of enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas received the news that they were finally free from the bounds of slavery on June 19, 1865. While former President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 stated that all slaves were to be freed, Texas was a holdout state that refused to accept the new law until two years later.

As such, slavery continued until General Major Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and read the federal order to abolish this inhumane system. Once the news spread like wildfire, yearly celebrations were in motion. The state of Texas even declared June 19th an official holiday, thus Juneteenth was born.

Juneteenth is great day to pay homage to our ancestors. And, if you’re ready to showcase and celebrate Black pride, follow our list below to make your Juneteenth celebration a memorable one.

1. PROTEST

One way to celebrate Juneteenth is to go out and protest. As we have already seen, we are so much stronger together as a people than on our own. Get together with your friends, family and loved ones and hit the streets. There are plenty of organizations that would love to share the pavement with you.

Not sure where to start? Check out this handy list via Mashable.

2. PLEDGE TIME TO BLACK LIVES MATTER ORGANIZATIONS

With our brothers and sisters stepping out in hopes of making a change, it’s important to show support to the organizations that have been a driving force in Black communities across the country. Whether that’s donating time to your neighborhood NAACP branch to call legislators and decision-makers for justice for our people, or simply collecting donations for people who are arrested due to protesting, using your time can give you a sense of pride and purpose.

Find your local chapter or apply to start a local chapter in your area.

3. HOST A VIRTUAL FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Since it may be hard to connect with family members in person due to the effects of the pandemic, that shouldn’t get in the way of making memories and learning more about out culture. Consider hosting a family game night about Black culture. After all, there is no better way to bond with your loved ones than revisiting our history as a people. And as the saying goes, you have to know where you been, to know where you’re going.

Bustle.com provides numerous game night ideas for your next Zoom game night.

4. WATCH A JUNETEENTH INSPIRED FILM

Want to take in a day of Black cinema? Kick back and relax with a movie inspired by Juneteenth. The film, “Miss Juneteenth” is a great way to learn about our history as people while helping to inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Highlighting a fictional Texas Miss Juneteenth pageant, Black women compete for the chance to win a scholarship to a historically Black college. The main character, Turquoise Jones, who was a past winner of the crown, is determined for her 14-year-old daughter Kai Jones to win the competition. A story about the struggles life can bring, family issues and more, this movie is a must-see.

Check out our exclusive interview with the Miss Juneteenth star, Nicole Beharie.

5. SHOP BLACK OWNED BRANDS

It’s always a great time to go shopping and this Juneteenth make it extra special by shopping and supporting Black-owned brands.

Shoppeblack.com is a great resource for finding any and everything you want to shop — Black-owned.

Keep in mind, no matter how you decide to celebrate Juneteenth, it’s important to take a time to reflect. Juneteenth is all about celebrating our strength as a people, the struggles we’ve overcome and the battles we’re determined to win. With that being said, Happy Juneteenth!

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5 Ways To Commemorate Juneteenth  was originally published on hellobeautiful.com

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